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February 19, 2014, 3:45 PM

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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Wheeler unveils new proposed rules for network neutrality, will try to stop “improper blocking”  —  The FCC announced its response to an explosive court decision that ended “net neutrality” last month: it will not appeal the decision, but scramble to impose new rules.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC won't appeal Verizon ruling, will regulate 'Net on “case-by-case basis”  —  The Federal Communications Commission will not appeal a court ruling that overturned the FCC's anti-blocking and anti-discrimination rules, Chairman Tom Wheeler announced today.  Instead of trying to reinstate rules …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Capital Invests $40M In Learning Analytics Firm Renaissance Learning At $1B Valuation  —  Renaissance Learning, one of the leading cloud-based K-12 assessment and learning analytics companies, today announced that it has raised a $40 million investment from Google Capital.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Google Fiber chooses nine metro areas for possible expansion  —  Google Fiber is ready to expand, as Google has identified nine metro areas scattered around the country as possible sites of deployment, the company said.  —  “We've invited 34 cities in nine metro areas across the US to work …
Digits:
Apple's smartphone market share in China grows to 7%, now back in top 5 smartphone vendors  —  Apple Gains Some Ground in China Smartphone Market  —  Apple seems to be gaining some ground in the world's largest smartphone market.  —  In China, Apple's market share rose slightly …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Loop Wallet review: mobile payments are finally everywhere you want to be  —  Loop tricks any cash register into thinking your phone is your credit card  —  NFC was supposed to be the future.  —  My next phone was going to include the technology, which would let me pay at any cash register …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
BlackBerry's CEO is ‘outraged’ by T-Mobile's attempts to convert its customers to the iPhone  —  BlackBerry's new CEO John Chen is taking issue with what appears to be a fairly innocent T-Mobile promotion.  Last week, T-Mobile sent out an email to some customers currently using …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple bringing iTunes Festival to the US for the first time at SXSW, for five nights in March  —  Apple has announced that it is bringing the iTunes Festival to the United States for the first time, after being a UK-only event since it began in 2007.  The festival will be held at SXSW …
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Leaked HTC One 2014 picture shows dual rear cameras  —  HTC is planning to introduce its newest HTC One on March 25 and if the reliable @evleaks is correct, this is what the phone will look like: … Rumors of two rear cameras appear valid based on the leaked press shot of the new HTC One …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay Acquires PhiSix To Integrate 3-D Virtual Try On Technology Across The Marketplace And More  —  It looks like 3-D virtual try-on technology will soon make an appearance on eBay.  The marketplace giant is announcing the acquisition of PhiSix, a company that develops 3-D visualization and simulation technologies for clothing.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft SkyDrive becomes OneDrive, gets camera backup for Android, real-time co-authoring, and easier video sharing  —  Microsoft today officially relaunched SkyDrive as OneDrive, giving its existing users access to their files on the new service by simply logging in at onedrive.com.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Ubuntu phones arriving in 2014 from Meizu and BQ Readers  —  Canonical is finally poised to enter the mobile market.  After years of teases, promises and demos, the company has locked up the first two manufacturers of Ubuntu phones.  Meizu and BQ Readers will be releasing handsets …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Nokia Treasure Tag is a $30 Lumia accessory to help keep valuables safe - goes on sale in April  —  Nokia is introducing a new way to keep valuables safe on the go using your smartphone.  Nokia Treasure Tag is a smart peripheral that syncs with Lumia devices to help keep track of keys …
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Inside Target, CEO Gregg Steinhafel Struggles to Contain Giant Cybertheft  —  How Target Is Working to Manage Crisis After Theft of Credit and Debit Card Numbers From Millions of Customers  —  When hackers broke into the database of department store Target, it affected an estimated 100 million customers.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cloud-Based Payroll App ZenPayroll Raises $20M From General Catalyst And Kleiner At A $100M-Plus Valuation  —  ZenPayroll, the startup that offers an easy to use, cloud-based payroll application; is announcing a new round of Series A funding totaling $20 million.

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Queensland Government partners with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to 149,000 government employees  —  Queensland, the second-largest state in Australia, will partner with Microsoft to bring Office 365 …
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